October 28, 2004 9:32 AM PDT

AMD debuts low-cost Net device

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Advanced Micro Devices on Thursday formally announced a low-cost Internet device targeted at emerging markets.

As reported earlier, AMD's Personal Internet Communicator is designed to provide Net connectivity and Windows-based computing for consumers in emerging economies.

It features functions such as browser, e-mail, word processing and the ability to view images and multimedia files. It is a sealed device, operates without a fan and can only be upgraded by the service provider, reducing the risk of human error, AMD said.

AMD said the device will be marketed by the Tata Group in five Indian cities, while CRC will work with distributors in Mexico to offer it with educational software. Cable & Wireless is deploying the device for disaster relief work in the Caribbean. AMD said it is talking with telecommunications companies and government organizations in other regions as well.

The device will sell for $185 with a keyboard, mouse and preinstalled software, while one with a monitor will cost $249, the company said.

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